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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love.

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Michael Hoffman (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Nick Bottom
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Titania
Rupert Everett ... Oberon
Stanley Tucci ... Puck
Calista Flockhart ... Helena
Anna Friel ... Hermia
Christian Bale ... Demetrius
Dominic West ... Lysander
David Strathairn ... Theseus
Sophie Marceau ... Hippolyta
Roger Rees ... Peter Quince
Max Wright ... Robin Starveling
Gregory Jbara ... Snug
Bill Irwin ... Tom Snout
Sam Rockwell ... Francis Flute
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Storyline

Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,285,620, 16 May 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,071,990, 29 August 1999
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Dolby | Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bottom's wife does not appear in the play. She was added to this production to show an unhappy life and make his character more sympathetic. See more »

Goofs

The medal and the red ribbon that Bottom is wearing when he leaves the theatre are different from those he's wearing when he arrives at home. See more »

Quotes

Lysander: The course of true love never did run smooth.
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Connections

Version of El somni d'una nit d'estiu (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Non più mesta
from the opera "La Cenerentola"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Cecilia Bartoli
With the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conducted by Riccardo Chailly
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited, London
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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very nice to look at
9 August 2000 | by andre-71See all my reviews

I admit, that I have not read the play, so probably all of the credit for the idea goes to Shakespeare himself. But I was also caught by the magic of the pictures. The actors and actresses were so pretty, the story so nicely recited, and the atmosphere somehow magically ravishing. I got a lot of positive feelings out of this movie, and when I walk through the forest now, I am reminded of them. Well, this film did leave a wonderful trace in my mind. Hopefully, it lasts for a couple of days. I give it an 8/10.


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